Dialog Powers 74th Battle of the Golds on March 8th & 9th

March 7th, 2024        Colombo


“Dialog Powers 74th Battle of the Golds

Photographed from L-R: Manuja Chanthuka -Captain, St. Sebastian’s College, Sandaru Tharusha - Assistant Master in Charge, St. Sebastian’s College, Bradman Ediriweera - Head Coach, St. Sebastian’s College, Rev.Fr. Dilusha Chamara – Prefect of Games, St. Sebastian’s College, Channa Amarasekara – Vice President, National Sales, Dialog Axiata PLC, Rev.Fr. Daya Dharshana – Rector, St. Sebastian’s College, Harsha Samaranayake – Vice President, Brand & Media, Dialog Axiata PLC, Jayalath Abayasinghe - Vice Principal, Prince of Wales’ College, Pubudu Aluthgedara - Senior General Manager/ Head of Business, Dialog Television , Dialog Axiata PLC, Kasun Dewapriya - Prefect of Games, Prince of Wales’ College, Athula Mendis -Secretary, Old Boys Association, Prince of Wales’ College, Kelum Fernando - Head Coach, Prince of Wales’ College, Achala Perera – Captain, Prince of Wales’ College

Moratuwa resonates with the vibrant beats of Papare bands this March as Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, upholding its commitment to bolster sports in the country and power the champions of tomorrow, steps forward once more to energise the 74th edition of the Battle of the Golds clash between local rivals, St. Sebastian’s College and Prince of Wales' College, Moratuwa.

The 2024 edition of the 'Battle of the Golds' is set to take place at De Soysa Stadium on March 8th & 9th , attracting a full house of spectators. The eagerly anticipated 50-over match, the 39th encounter between the two schools, is slated for the following day at the P. Sara Oval.

Achela Perera will lead the Cambrians, while Manuja Chanthuka will captain the Sebastianites. Cricketers from both schools have represented the game at the highest level, including 1996 World Cup winner Romesh Kaluvitharana and Sri Lanka captain Duleep Mendis. Current players representing Sri Lanka from St. Sebastian’s College are Oshada Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Avishka Fernando and Praveen Jayawickrama. Kusal Mendis, the Sri Lanka ODI skipper hails from Cambrians.

"Dialog is once again honoured to continue supporting Sri Lanka's long standing celebration of school cricket. With a deep history rooted in the country's cricketing culture, Big Matches are an important platform to showcase local talent, setting the stage for remarkable achievements nationally and internationally. We wish both St. Sebastian’s College and Prince of Wales' College the very best." said, Harsha Samaranayake, Vice President - Brand and Media at Dialog Axiata PLC.

As the primary sponsor, Dialog Axiata has made provisions to broadcast the Limited Overs match LIVE on Dialog Television - ThePapare TV HD (Channel Number 126), as well as a livestream on and the Dialog ViU App.

The current score stands at six victories for the Cambrians and three for the Sebastianes. St. Sebastian’s College currently holds the trophy, clinching it last in 2011 under the leadership of Sanitha De Mel. In the limited-over contests, the Sebastianites lead with 19 triumphs to the Cambrians’ 15, with one draw and three abandoned matches.

Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of the National Cricket, Volleyball, Netball and Esports teams. Dialog is also the primary sponsor of Sri Lanka Golf Open and Paralympic sports by powering the National Para Games, and the Sri Lankan contingent to the World Paralympic Games. Further, in line with its commitment towards empowering the champions of tomorrow, the company continues to power the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, and Schools Rugby.